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Anti-Islamic State graffiti emerges in Karachi

Updated November 30, 2014

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Man passing  near a wall of a school on which anti Islamic State 
(ISIS) slogan in written, at M.R Kyani Road in Karachi. - PPI
Man passing near a wall of a school on which anti Islamic State (ISIS) slogan in written, at M.R Kyani Road in Karachi. - PPI
Man passing  near a wall on which anti Islamic State 
(ISIS) slogan in written, at M.R Kyani Road in Karachi. - PPI
Man passing near a wall on which anti Islamic State (ISIS) slogan in written, at M.R Kyani Road in Karachi. - PPI
Man passing  near a wall on which anti Islamic State 
(ISIS) slogan in written, at M.R Kyani Road in Karachi. - PPI
Man passing near a wall on which anti Islamic State (ISIS) slogan in written, at M.R Kyani Road in Karachi. - PPI

KARACHI: Wall chalking against the Islamic State (IS) fighting in Iraq and Syria has emerged in Sindh's provincial capital following the recent discovery of graffiti in support of the militant organisation in parts of the country.

The anti-IS wall chalkings consist of slogans stating:

  • "Those who support Daish (IS) are traitors of Pakistan"

  • "Death to Daish"

Chalking in favour of IS had appeared in various places across all four provinces of the country causing a ripple of concern through the security administration.

Read: Islamic State fears grow in Pakistan and Afghanistan

A police probe into wall chalking was launched in the outskirts of Karachi and in Taxila where flags of the group, also known locally by its Arabic acronym ‘Daish’, were fixed to electricity poles near the Pakistan Ordinance Factories (POF).

Similarly police in Lahore arrested two suspects for plastering Islamic State stickers on walls in various localities.

Read: The IS threat

Leaflets calling for support for IS were seen in several parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including Bannu and South Waziristan tribal region's Wana area. Afghan refugee camps were particular targets of the IS propaganda.

 A man passes a wall on which an anti Islamic State 
(ISIS) slogan is written, at M.R Kyani Road in Karachi. - PPI
A man passes a wall on which an anti Islamic State (ISIS) slogan is written, at M.R Kyani Road in Karachi. - PPI

The provincial government of Balochistan had also conveyed a confidential report to the federal government and law enforcement agencies warning of increased footprints of militant organisation Islamic State (IS).